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. on the nomination of former senator chuck a deal as defense secretary -- shut cahill -- chopped hegel -- chuck hagel on defense secretary. on immigration reform, "use an -- unions sees immigration debate in the hope that organizing workers can swell the union shrinking ranks." host: that is "the wall street journal." the judiciary committee will be kicking off immigration reform. also, the house oversight and government committee will be looking at spending and we will be covering that as well on c- span.org. this piece reports that new york medicaid executive pay is sickening, that they funded not for profits in new york and are hauling in massive salaries with one top honcho ranking in 4.8 million by an explosive -- 4.8 million, an explosive congressional report has found. this report shows that these medicaid funded services have these executives making that much money. back to your phone calls here, your comments about the president saying that there is vast majority of support for background checks a month americans, not giving much attention to the assault weapons ban. chris, okla., what do yo
of requirements. if we change that, make a choice about what we are not going to do. host: chuck hagel -- what is your opinion? guest: i think he is clearly qualified. he has the background in defense. i would be foolish to say his confirmation process went well. he will have to do better than that in terms of building the relationships necessary in the house and the senate because credibility manages -- matters an enormous amount. he will be very dependent on the staff at the pentagon to implement whatever policy he wants. he will need their faith and confidence. he will have to work to earn that in the same thing in the house and the senate. secretary leon panetta and secretary robert gates, they had an enormous amount of credibility in the pentagon and in the congress. in tough times and tough decisions, that enabled them to be very effective. secretary chuck hagel will have to work at that hard it does not come automatically. host: what is your relationship with the chair of the armed services committee, buck mckeon? guest: it is outstanding. we have a long tradition of the chair and the r
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